Can a man be God?

 Can a human be the God of the universe? To many it sounds quite ridiculous to think that a person could embody the fullness of the most powerful being in all creation.
The religious leaders in the day of Jesus also thought this was absurd. They even tried to kill Jesus on multiple occasions for making this claim. Take John 8:58-59 for example, ““I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”(which is what God called himself in the burning bush) At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.” Another one of my favorites is Luke 4:14-30.
So why is it so important for Jesus to be God? In fact, a number of religious groups that call themselves Christians today actually do not believe that he was. A couple non-Trinitarian Christian denominations include Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses. If Jesus were not God then he would have no power to transform our lives, heal us or forgive our sin. There would be no point to worship or pray to him because we would simply be praying to and worshiping a man. If you entered into a conversation with someone who did not believe in the divinity of Christ how might you engage him or her?
Some say, “Jesus never claimed to be God, but just the Son of God.” In John 5:18 Jesus calls God his Father shortly after he healed a paralyzed man on the Sabbath. “For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.” It is important to understand the Bible in its context. At the time of Jesus to say that God was your Father was understood by the people as equating himself to God and it is important for us to understand it the same.
Matthew 1:23- “She will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” –which means, “God with us.””
Ronald Reagan wrote this in a letter to a liberal Methodist minister who expressed doubts about Christ’s divinity, “This uneducated, property-less young man has, for 2,000 years, had a greater effect on the world than all the rulers, kings, emperors; all the conquerors, generals and admirals, all the scholars, scientists and philosophers who have ever lived- all of them put together. How do we explain that- unless He really was what He said He was?”

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